RFI Sooty Owl pref greater Sydney area

To: Jenny Stiles <>
Subject: RFI Sooty Owl pref greater Sydney area
From: Kai Schraml <>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2015 08:40:02 +0000
Hi Jenny,

We had some luck hearing them around Stanley Avenue in Kurrajong Heights. If 
you go to the park at the end of the road and listen for the falling bomb call, 
they may be within viewing distance. We never saw one ourselves, but then 
again, we never looked for them, since we weren’t keen on a walk in the 
wilderness at night. 

I should say that this would be a site of last resort. There must be easier 
places to spot it. I only mention it because I think it might be closer to you 
than other spots. The street backs up to the national park and there is a 
lovely patch of very wet forest next to it. There are often white phase Grey 
Goshawks and just about all the other possible owls there as well, with the 
exception of the Barking, which we never heard there.



> On 4 Nov 2015, at 6:35 pm, Jenny Stiles <> wrote:
> Hi Birders,
> After several years of periodic attempts we have not yet seen a Sooty Owl 
> although we have heard them at several locations [but mainly south end of 
> Lady Carrington at Royal National Park]. My husband soon has to undergo major 
> surgery which will clip our wings for a quite a while so I am hoping to make 
> one more attempt before this.
> Can anyone recommend a likely place to try? I know there is no definite 
> place! We are quite prepared to stay over night so a reasonable distance from 
> Sydney is fine.
> If this fails sometime next year when we are able again I will jump to fly to 
> wherever seems the best place to try so interstate & further afield 
> suggestions are very welcome too.
> Thank you!
> Jenny Stiles, Sydney
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